WITH MY TUESDAY’s lacquer painting class cancelled on this date in 2007, I had the day free. Kathrin proposed that we went to Apothecary Garden. Along with our little ones, we hopped onto the metro to Prospekt Mira. It may already be the second week of May but it was still a cold day, cloudy but pleasant.
There we were, in the country’s oldest botanical located right in the city, a place founded by Peter the Great in 1706, initially to cultivate medicinal plants. It was converted into a botanical garden when the Moscow State University purchase the site in 1805.
History aside, today there are reportedly some 200 types of shrubs and trees, some said to be over 300 years old!
Come every spring, the garden becomes a floral feast to the eyes. Flowers of various species and colours burst in full bloom. While I didn’t come across the willow tree said be the oldest tree in central Moscow, nor the larch reportedly planted by Peter the Great himself, there were enough floral attractions to keep us awed.
Two weeks later, we went back to Apothecary Garden Again when the flowers were in full bloom!